Careers in Human Resources
Employment outlook and opportunities
Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources (OBHR) is designed to prepare you for a career in a variety of fields, including:
- Human Resources Management
- Organizational Consulting
- Employment Relations
You’ll gain an understanding of the fundamentals of business, general knowledge of all the business options, as well as a range of management and consulting skills. OBHR continues to grow in strategic importance.
OBHR is divided into two main types of activities - transactional and transformational.
Transactional activities are administrative activities that must be done regularly in an organization, such as:
Transformational activities are strategic in nature and involve changing systems, structures, and behaviours to improve organizational performance. For example:
Many employment opportunities will continue to be in the transactional area, while large employment growth is being seen from the transformational area.
Skill set required
Start a career in OBHR
Some potential job titles and future career paths include:
Additional education or certification may be required for some occupations (e.g., completion of association registration, a professional program, or specialized studies).
Those seeking to further their careers in HR can pursue a Certified Human Resources Professional designation (CHRP). At this time, this designation is considered an asset but is optional. Some graduates pursue a CHRP designation to help their long-term career growth in HR. However, entry-level roles generally do not require a designation.
At UBC Sauder, The OBHR option is accredited with the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) British Columbia and Yukon. Learn more here.
Get OBHR experience during your degree. Business Co-op students complete a total of 12 months of full-time, paid work with up to three different companies. Past OBHR Co-op students have worked at companies such as PepsiCo, Lafarge Canada, Whistler Blackcomb and SNC Lavalin.
Who hires BCom OBHR grads?
What can I read to learn more?
What can I join?
To make connections, build your network, and learn more about this profession, consider joining an association. Options include:
- Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia & Yukon
- Human Resources Professionals Association (Ontario)
- Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP)
- Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE)
- Canadian Society for Training and Development (CSTD)
How do I find jobs in Human Resources?
You can find opportunities in many places, including:
Other job sites:
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